Posts by Author: Daniela Bowker

Daniela Bowker
Daniela Bowker is a writer and editor based in the UK. Since 2010 she has focused on the photography sector. In this time, she has written three books and contributed to many more, served as the editor for two websites, written thousands of articles for numerous publications, both in print and online, and runs the Photocritic Photography School.

Metering modes: a complete guide

Aug 20, 2023
Daniela Bowker

When you take a photo, the camera recommends some settings for you. They do it with a built-in light meter. And while that light meter…

Reflectors in photography – a complete guide

Aug 17, 2023
Daniela Bowker

If there’s one piece of kit that any photographer should have, it’s a reflector. They are inexpensive, simple to use, and highly effective. We’re going to look at the different types of reflectors you can purchase and how to use them. You’ll see why anyone with a camera, from an amateur to a professional photographer with years of experience, should never be without one.

What is the golden ratio, and how to use it in photography?

Aug 13, 2023
Daniela Bowker

The Golden Ratio is a compositional tool. Composition is the process of arranging your frame to make an image that draws in the viewer and keeps them interested in your photo. Along with exposure and lighting, composition is key to good photography. So, in this article, we’re going to look at the Golden Ratio, learn what it is, how to spot it, and how to use it when composting photos.

All about leading lines in photography

Aug 10, 2023
Daniela Bowker

When it comes to composition, photographers have a huge collection of tools and techniques to use to create strong, interesting photographs. The rule of thirds…

What are handheld light meters and how do you use them?

Aug 6, 2023
Daniela Bowker

A handheld light meter used to be an essential piece of kit. They are less common now but this is why and how you should be using one.

The histogram: what it is and how to use one

Aug 4, 2023
Daniela Bowker

Scrolling through the menu on your camera, you might have an option to ‘display histogram’, or something similar. When you open an editing suite like…

Symmetry in photography – everything you need to know

Aug 2, 2023
Daniela Bowker

Symmetry exists everywhere around us. It is within nature, for example, in flowers and starfish. This means that artists have been reproducing symmetry in their…

How to use triangles in photography composition

Aug 1, 2023
Daniela Bowker

Triangles are versatile and expressive shapes, so it is hardly surprising that they are a bedrock of composition. They are used by painters as well as photographers as a key composition technique. You can use them to organize your frame, to introduce tension into your scene, as an alternative to the rule of thirds, and so much more. This meant we thought it was worth taking a deeper look at triangles in photography.

What are focusing modes, and how do you choose one?

Jul 18, 2023
Daniela Bowker

There is a range of different focusing modes within autofocus. By choosing the right one for your shooting situation, you can get a whole lot more out of your camera and improve your photography

What is hyperfocal distance, and how to use it?

Jul 3, 2023
Daniela Bowker

Hyperfocal distance might sound hyper-complicated, but it’s a great tool for landscape photographers. Learn what it is and how to use it.